Education in the Isle of Man is compulsory for children aged between 5 and 16. As of 2007/8 there were 6,688 pupils in nursery and primary schools, and 5,623 pupils in secondary education.
The Old Grammar School, Castletown, used as a school from 1701 until 1930
Before 1675 there were no schools in the Isle of Man and any education was provided by the church. This changed with the arrival of Bishop Isaac Barrow, who established a school in every parish.
The education system in the Isle of Man is similar to the system used in England. Primary school consists of seven years, and secondary school of seven years. All five secondary schools in the Isle of Man have a sixth form centre.
The Department of Education supports 36 primary schools and 5 secondary schools. Independent schools include King William's College and its junior school, The Buchan School.
Further and higher education